Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington, Inc.
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JGSGW welcomes non-member guests to many of our events. All non-member guests, whether attending in-person or virtually, must register in advance. If there is a fee for the event (in-person or virtual), guests are asked to pay in advance when they register at this website. If the event is virtual, a Zoom link will be sent to registrants in advance of the event.
The charge for non-member guests for most, but not all, activities $5, as specified in JGSGW guest flyers, notifications, and on the Society's website. Online payment is made by credit card (transacted through Paypal) or directly with your Paypal account. Payments are not refundable.
1) When you click the small box to get the code so you can register, be sure to enter the code in the colored box to the right, then click the "Place Order" button.  This is required even if there is no charge for the event!
2) Next you'll see a page with CHECKOUT...Click to complete the transaction.
3) For no-cost events, you'll see a statement - "Print Form and Send Check"  IGNORE THIS, your registration is complete.
4) For most events that require a registration fee, when you get to the payment page, complete your order by clicking the yellow "Buy Now" button.  This will take you to PayPal - make sure you successfully complete the PayPal transaction!
Please ignore the directions to mail the printed form with your payment - even for no-cost events. This is not necessary since everything is completed electronically.
Upon completion of the online registration and payment process, you will be emailed confirmation of your registration. The ZOOM link and any other relevant information will be emailed to you a few days prior to the meeting.
These programs, conducted over Zoom, are free for members. Meetings like this are one of the many activities that is a benefit of JGSGW membership. Instructions for members joining the online meeting will be placed under Meeting Info & Links in the Members Only Files. (These files become visible on this website after members sign in.)
Consider becoming a JGSGW member for $30 a year and enjoy access to all Society program meetings, online Special Interest Groups (SIGs), and other benefits at no additional charge. Join on this website's home page by clicking on "Join JGSGW (NEW Only!!)" and become part of an active Jewish genealogy community.
Note: This registration is for non-member guests only. 
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NewSun, Apr 30, 2023 - Learn How to Make Sense of Your Ashkenazi Jewish DNA Results
(Society Meetings - Zoom and In-person at B'nai Israel Congregation - 1:30 pm ET)
This hybrid event (Zoom or in-person) is free for members of JGSGW. Guests are welcome on-line or in person with registration and a fee of $5. Nonmembers may register (Add To Cart) in advance to attend online for a guest fee of $5 or pay/join at the door for the in-person event.
DNA has the potential to be an essential and exciting genealogical tool. But many Eastern European Jewish testers find their DNA results completely overwhelming and unnavigable. In this talk, Jennifer Mendelsohn will help those with Ashkenazi heritage learn how to make sense of their DNA results. She’ll cover the basics of DNA testing, including why our match lists are so large, (hello, endogamy!) why all our matches seem to match each other (endogamy, again!), and how to spot the meaningful matches and separate them from the faux ones. Using real-life examples of DNA success, you’ll learn techniques that will help you work effectively with DNA to expand your Ashkenazi family tree.
Speaker: Jennifer Mendelsohn is a sought-after genealogist who specializes in helping Eastern European Jewish families shattered by the Holocaust reclaim their history.  She has worked on scores of cases, solving complex family mysteries using a blend of traditional and genetic genealogy. Her sleuthing was featured in the 2019 bestseller Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. In 2022, she co-founded the DNA Reunion Project at the Center for Jewish History, which seeks to promote DNA testing as a tool for helping Holocaust survivors find family.
Mendelsohn is also known for the innovative use of genealogy as a tool for activism. She created the viral hashtag #resistancegenealogy, which uses genealogical and historical records to fight disinformation and honor America’s immigrant past.
Last Updated: 22 February 2023   [Located in Category: Guest Registration (Meetings)]
Price: $5.00

NewSun, May 21, 2023 - The Jewish Community of Northern Virginia
(Society Meetings - Zoom Only - 1:30 pm ET)
This on-line event is free for members of JGSGW. Nonmembers may register in advance (Add To Cart) to attend for a guest fee of $5.
This presentation will cover topics from the Dilles' recent book, The Jewish Community of Northern Virginia. This book uses photographs to tell the story of the rich history, continued growth, and broad range of Jewish life in Northern Virginia. The authors depict Jewish-owned stores and businesses, religious and social institutions, and events that have shaped the community from the late 19th Century to the present. It includes collection of rarely seen photographs selected from local historical archives, Jewish religious and social institutions, and residents with deep family roots in the area.
Speakers: Susan and Shawn Dilles have been active members of the Northern Virginia Jewish Community for almost 40 years, including at Congregation Olam Tikvah, Congregation Beth Emeth, and the Pozez Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia. Susan supports activities of several Jewish charities in the area. Shawn is a volunteer with JewishGen and has coordinated the translation of Yizkor (Remembrance) books on the Jewish history of Zinkov, Ukraine and Hrubieszow, Poland.
Last Updated: 6 March 2023   [Located in Category: Guest Registration (Meetings)]
Price: $5.00

NewSun, June 25, 2023 - Researching Jewish Families in America: Synagogue Records...
(Society Meetings - Zoom Only - 1:30 pm ET)
This on-line event is free for members of JGSGW. Nonmembers may register in advance (Add To Cart) to attend for a guest fee of $5.
Join us for a primer on how to find synagogue records, what genealogical
material they include, see examples, and hear about JewishGen's new Shul
Records America: the first-of-its-kind inventory of American synagogue
Finding synagogue records can be problematic and time consuming as there are errors in catalogs and a variety of ways materials are described. To make it easier, and in one place, JewishGen starts the search for you with Shul Records America. This new finding aid points to the location of American synagogue records. Launched in fall 2022 with over 500 collections held at 50 repositories or websites, about 20% include URLS for digitized materials.Not only a historical resource but important as modern-day synagogues merge or close, Shul Records America also encourages congregations to preserve
records with genealogical value.  

Speaker: Ellen Kowitt is Director of JewishGen's USA Research Division and National Vice Chair of the DAR Jewish Specialty Research Team. She is past president of Jewish Genealogical Societies in Colorado and Greater Washington, DC, and she served for three years on the IAJGS board of directors. Ellen has published articles in Family Tree Magazine and Avotaynu: The International Journal on Jewish Genealogy. She has completed the ProGen Study Group, attends genealogy institute programs, and is a member of the Colorado Chapter Association of Professional Genealogists.
Last Updated: 6 March 2023   [Located in Category: Guest Registration (Meetings)]
Price: $5.00